intellectual property

More Music Industry Idiocy

Authorship, Creativity, and Copyright: an undergraduate writing major course

At the 2009 meeting of the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, I mentioned that our department is designing a new 300-level course for our writing major at Grand Valley State University: Authorship, Creativity, and Copyright.

The TEACH Act: For Distance Education or for All?

I'm not surprised. Cornell University along with the American Association of Publishers has developed a set of copyright guideline which states that the same fair use principles apply for electronic copies of documents placed in course management systems as do for print copies. In other words, it's not fair use to merely put electronic copies of texts in a password protected website. The copyright clearance center has a brochure outlining this new policy.

As I said, I'm not surprised. I predicted this in my dissertation, "The Future Is Open" for Composition Studies: A New Intellectual Property Model in the Digital Age. I've included the relevant text below for those that are interested:

In defining five basic changes to copyright law that the TEACH Act permits, Laura Gasaway suggests that

it removes the concept of the physical classroom and recognizes that a student should be able to access the digital content of the course wherever he or she has access to a computer. (82).

The new phone books are here!...errr...the RIAA propaganda video

How exciting! I got a padded white envelope today with the RIAA logo on it, and it was not some kind of lawsuit notice. In it was the Protect Yourself. Do It Legally video and with two copies of their propaganda poster:

I have it hanging in my office and am still deciding what to draw on it :-)

The Future Is Open for Composition Studies: A New Intellectual Property Model in the Digital Age

Placeholder for publishing a version of my dissertation manuscript.

The MySpace @ Generation

I just finished reading BusinessWeek Online's The MySpace Generation and realized I've not been paying attention to the large influence of social networks on Internet development. One need only read this one statement to realize their impact:

With 20 million of its members logging on in October, MySpace now draws so much traffic that it accounted for 10% of all advertisements viewed online in the month.

Imagine my surprise to find that thanks to MySpace and the @ Generation and their exposure to Internet advertising, anyone can embed a video in their webspace.

So while the RIAA goes after thousands of file traders on P2P networks, anyone can go over to VideoCodeZone and listen to over 20,000 music videos live on the web and even stream their favorites on their own site. Something doesn't quite make sense. Ironic, isn't it, that they are giving away music with the videos online. Who needs iTunes to listen to music on their computer?